UNESCO urges African judiciary to protect journalists’ safety, end impunity

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Saturday called upon African judiciary to continue promoting the safety of journalists and ending impunity in the continent.


Zulmira Rodrigues, Head of UNESCO Dar es Salaam Office, Representative to Tanzania made the call in the country’s safari capital of Arusha when speaking at one-day seminar on “Strengthening Judiciary Systems and African Courts to Protect the Safety of Journalists and End Impunity.”

Rodrigues suggested the need for deliberate steps towards ending impunity with a shared vision to support the expedition of commitments made to ensure the effective domestication and implementation of the agreed legal and policy measures.

“This includes the establishment of protection mechanisms with early warning and rapid response systems for journalists and media workers,” Rodrigues said.

The seminar, which involved legal practitioners and journalists from across Africa, was meant to raise awareness and help reinforce capacity building of law professionals in Africa regarding freedom of expression, the safety of journalists, ways to ending impunity and the need to decriminalize defamation. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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